Mt. Sipit Ulang, like Mt. Ayaas, can be found in Rodriguez, Rizal. It stands at 252+ MASL and probably would be the easiest to hike around the area. Its name literally means “crab’s claw” because of the claw-like formations at the summit. If you loved Mt. Daraitan for its limestone formations, then you’ll surely love this as well!
We left Cubao at 6am and got at Barangay Maskap by 7am. According to our guide, Kuya Amador, it was relatively crowded that day. We started our trek by 7:30am.
The first part of the trail was a constant uphill climb which I found challenging (agad!) like your first 10 minutes in the gym. It wasn’t really thaaat difficult. I just thought we’d be traversing the rest of the trail like this.
We passed by lots of bamboo trees until we reached our first real challenge: to pass through this shallow rock formation.
Next, we walked between big rock formations and climbed a ladder that led to a grassland. This trail is full of make-shift ladders, btw.
30 minutes into the trail, we stopped by a resting area. I thought we were at the summit already because of the relatively big rock formation which also had the claw-like features. But turned out, it was only “Baby Sipit” as it was way smaller than the actual summit.
We continued our trip and found more caves and bigger rock formations that required us to really climb. I’d say a pair of gloves is a must if you don’t want to get yourself wounded. As for our guide, he said his hands had calluses over calluses.
Then came the part where we had to climb this really long ladder in between a tight space. We had to squeeze our bags in just to avoid the rocks.
We passed by this beauty and felt obligated to climb it as well. hahaha!
We didn’t expect we’d enter a dark cave stretching to 15 meters long. Good thing Kuya Amador had a flashlight with him. It was full of stalagmites that seem to glitter! I was exited coz I haven’t been to Sagada yet and it was my first time to see such thing.
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Then, this clearing welcomed us with these breathtaking views!
And finally, we reached the summit at 10am. There were many groups that came before us so we had to get in line for the summit. There was also a small sari-sari store that offered snacks and ice-cold water.
As for me, I ate the peanuts I got from Calamba when we went to Laresio. It was supposed to be a pasalubong but I brought it along with me instead. hahaha
While waiting, we explored the other side of the summit first. We rock climbed our way up and didn’t expect to see such beautiful sights!
It took us 2 hours to have our pictures taken at the summit. The groups before us had up to 10 members unfortunately. I think we enjoyed playing at the other side of the than waiting for these shots. hahaha!
After eating our lunches, we started descending by 12:45pm. The trail down was easy; we managed to finish by 1:30pm.
Mt. Sipit Ulang was really awesome even if it tore my leggings! I really enjoyed this hike especially the rock climbing part! Maybe I’ll try Mt. Pamitinan next. 😀
Breakdown of expenses:
|Van to Rodriguez||50|
|Trike to Brgy. Maskap||37.50|
|trike to Van terminal||37.50|
|Van to Philcoa||50|